Economy

Brits are worried that the economy will tank – but still wouldn’t trust Labour with it

21 May 2016 10:03

Amid all the fun and games of the EU referendum campaign, the polls suggest that economic anxiety is growing, along with…

Is Brexit to blame for the GDP slowdown?

27 April 2016 15:08

Britain’s economic growth slowed in the first quarter of this year to 0.4 per cent, down from 0.6 per cent…

Number 10 might be more confident than ever of EU referendum victory, but they’re still trying to load the debate dice

23 April 2016 10:00

Downing Street is more confident than it has ever been that the EU referendum will be won. It is not…

Iain Duncan Smith warns government in danger of ‘dividing society’

20 March 2016 10:28

In one of the most extraordinary political interviews of recent times, Iain Duncan Smith has warned that the government ‘is…

Watch: Seema Malhotra’s car-crash Sunday Politics interview

13 March 2016 12:57

With the Budget due next week, George Osborne appeared on the Andrew Marr show to warn of the need for…

Don’t expect Budget fireworks from George Osborne

12 March 2016 10:00

Don’t expect ‘fireworks’ from the Budget one of Osborne’s closest political allies told me this week. Ahead of the Budget…

Exclusive: Sajid Javid to back staying in the EU

20 February 2016 10:15

Sajid Javid will campaign for Britain to stay in the EU. The Business Secretary’s decision is a blow to the…

The Spectator Dashboard: interactive UK data

1 January 2016 8:00

Great progress has been made in open data over the last few years, with most important facts and figures now available…

Does George Osborne really want to make himself the scourge of the strivers?

6 November 2015 11:59

Without George Osborne, we’d probably be living under Prime Minister Ed Miliband right now. His value to the government goes…

Tory MPs hold their breath for tax credit changes

29 October 2015 11:00

George Osborne received a fulsome banging of desks last night at the 1922 Committee, joking that he should come back…

David Cameron: Corbyn poses a threat to Britain’s financial security

11 September 2015 8:46

Jeremy Corbyn hasn’t even been elected Labour leader but the campaign to undermine him begins today. David Cameron will give a…

The New Labour influences on Osborne’s Budget

9 July 2015 12:56

George Osborne had a ringside seat for New Labour’s dominance of British politics and you could see the influence that…

Time running out for a Greek deal warns Osborne

6 July 2015 17:56

Right now, Britain is sitting on the side-lines waiting to see if there is, to use George Osborne’s phrase, an…

Ed Balls hired by Harvard to ‘research financial stability’

18 June 2015 11:16

During the election, Ed Miliband’s opponents regularly criticised the Labour leader for naming his life experience outside the Westminster bubble as…

At last, tax receipts are surging as Osborne’s recovery continues

23 April 2015 13:20

The economic good news continues. Until now, the Achilles’ heel of the recovery was weak tax revenue – in part…

Exclusive: watch a preview of the Conservatives’ manifesto launch video

14 April 2015 10:22

David Cameron will take to the stage in an hour to launch the Conservatives’ 2015 manifesto. Before he does, a…

Is Labour really wise to take on the Tories on the economy?

13 April 2015 12:46

Ed Miliband gave a good, forceful, well-received speech at Labour’s manifesto launch this morning. It couldn’t have been anything else,…

George Osborne’s press conference leaves questions unanswered

7 April 2015 12:29

This is supposed to be the week when people start thinking about the General Election. George Osborne certainly thinks voters…

David Cameron: ‘This is a high stakes, high risk election’

28 March 2015 13:50

The Tories want to frame this election as a straight choice between David Cameron and Ed Miliband. So, today Cameron…

Tiny revolt in Commons over defence doesn’t mean the trouble’s gone away

12 March 2015 17:32

MPs this afternoon backed the motion calling for the government to set defence spending at 2 per cent of GDP…